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The Chinese capital has a history that stretches back over 3 millenia, but this former center of multiple kingdoms is as renowned for its modern skyline as its ancient monuments. Here are some of the attractions Beijing is best known for. Don't miss them!

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Also known as the "13 Tombs," most of the Ming emperors were interred within these striking mausoleums. The Ming-Gräber are on the way to the Great Wall, so factor them into your day trip!

Tiananmen Square

The site of several major protests and displays of military might, Tiananmen Square is made one of Beijing's most famous as much by the iconic monuments that surround it.

Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square takes its name from the "Gate of Heavenly Peace" that seperates it from this ancient royal city. There's a lot to see in the Forbidden City, so book a guided tour and wear comfy shoes!

Summer Palace

The most impressive of the surviving Chinese imperial gardens is a recreational complex of lakes, greenery, and palaces providing one of Beijing's most tranquil attractions.

Temple of Heaven

Combining the architectural qualities of both Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven was finished in 1420 and has been one of China's holiest sites ever since!

Beihai Park

This former imperial garden-turned-public Beihai Park is not just a site of outstanding beauty, but home to many sightseeing favorites, like the White Pagoda and the Nine-Dragon Wall!

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Beijing National Stadium

Built for the 2008 Olympics, the 91,000-seat "Bird's Nest" has emerged as an icon of modern China. You can take a tour or even grab Beijing National Stadium tickets to a soccer game! Why not do both?

Planning Your Beijing Visit

How many days?

Five days to a week should be enough to see the sights of Beijing, get a feel for the city's culture, and even take a day trip out to the Great Wall of China!

When to visit?

Beijing's weather is most pleasant in early autumn (September/October), although the snowy winters do bring a charm of their own. Unless you want to see the Chinese New Year parade, avoid going during the nation's public holidays, when vast swarms of domestic tourists overwhelm even the quietest attractions!

Where to stay?

Beijing's sights are spread all over the city, so if you plan to cover the lot then you should consider staying in the city center. The districts of Beijing all have their own character, but one of the best areas for a first-time visitor is Wangfujing. Its central location boasts plenty of places to shop and eat, including the famous Wangfujing Snack Street, where vendors flog a bizarre collection of snacks far from the usual Chinese staples!

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Renminbi (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    Early autumn is best to beat the crowds and avoid the summer heat.

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What people are saying about Beijing

Awesome experience that inverts any perception about Man and Nature

I have to admit that when I booked the tour I was full of expectations, because I've always wanted to walk on the Great Wall (at least) once in my life and the combo with the Summer Palace seemed to fit perfectly that clue of history and emotions. And I'm really excited to say that everything went really great, from the trip itself (smart driver, comfortable atmosphere, complimentary water refilled at every stop) to the guide (Vivian, extremely caring and friendly - and she can also take wonderful pics with the smartphone!) and of course to both venues (Great Wall, in particular, was literally breathtaking: I still don't understand how *human* people could have built it using only their hands). Even the lunch was good in a traditional - although a bit touristy - restaurant suggested by Vivian, with some tasty dishes and a funny atmosphere. Highly recommended to spend one of the best days of your life.

Wonderful guide and poor office communication

The office didn't contact us as to the timing of the pickup till 2pm the previous day so we ended up calling them. Any email communication with Getyour guide takes a lifetime so bear this in mind. But that was the only problem. Our guide was Tony - SUPERB! The group together with us was 5 people so that was practically a private tour. We went to the Forbidden City, Tienammen, short stop at the jade factory (no pushing to buy), the Mutianyu part of the Wall (1 hour+ walk on it), looked at the Olympic stadium and the swimming complex, The Bell Tower and the Drum tower (the latter two from the outside). Tony was very informative and helpful throughout - especially as one of the people on the tour lost her bag with her passport and $ in the Forbidden City and he called the police which recovered it with everything in the bag intact. Great job! Lunch was excellent, too (about 5 various dishes). We travelled in a minivan like a local Chrysler Town and Country with a/c. Highly recommended!

It was so easy to enter by just showing our passports!

Having a ticket for a specific day and time gave us great flexibility. We just went to the entrance, showed our passports, and w were in! Easiest thing I have done in China!

Forbidden City Ticket Reviewed by Gene, 07/22/2018

Great experience, definitely would do this again!

When a group of friends and I visited the Great Wall, our tour guide Clair went above and beyond to help us. She exceeded my expectations with the way she treated all in the tour, making sure that everyone was okay and took care of us like a family member. The bus driver was also well prepared with water in case people needed to buy some. Overall, it was a great experience, Clair even stayed to help us get a taxi after the tour was over.

Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Transfer with Options Reviewed by Deisy, 07/10/2018

Better and quieter than Badaling section

Conclusion / Recommendation: - It really worth doing this tour- very good price / performance ratio - Please note that the Cable car to the Great Wall costs $ 20 additional. Programm: Stone Factory - Ming Tomb - Lunch – Great Wall - Tea Testing (Total time about 11 hours) Group/Guide: - around 10 people in a small bus - Our Guide Vik was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.